These last few weeks have been flying by, with all the traveling I’ve hardly had a chance to sit down and catch up on my posts! But now that I’ve got a few minutes to catch my breath, I want to share with you all some of my adventures… oh where to begin! Let’s start with Palma De Mallorca.
In France, “vacances” meaning “vacation” is taken very seriously… enough so to give us an entire 5 days off for the Bastille Day celebrations, for those without much knowledge of French culture, Bastille day is equivalent to a national holiday, like our 4th of July. With the long break, I couldn’t sit still here in Montpellier and knew I had to take off on a new adventure. After searching high and low for the perfect destination, I kept coming back to Palma de Mallorca. I booked the trip fairly last minute through Expedia, but boy am I happy I did as this trip did not disappoint.
W H A T T O D O
beach, beach, beach – when in Palma it is an absolute must. I have never been to such gorgeous beaches in my entire life. If you’re able, definitely take advantage of the cheap daily car rentals and drive off along the coast to some of the breaktaking “calas” … when I say breath taking, I literally mean it takes your breath away. It is a sight like no other. Crystal clear waters, soft sandy beaches and views that can’t even be described, a perfect paradise. And one more tip, if there’s a convertible available… go for it!
Once you’ve soaked up enough sun there is plenty more to do in Palma to keep you busy. Shopping, restaurants, historical monuments, boat cruises and nightlife are all aspects of Palma that can’t be missed.
Since I’ve been in France, I’ve done quite a bit of shopping at “MANGO” – (it’s become one of my new favorite spots) and when I came across a MANGO outlet while wandering the streets of Palma I just about fell over in excitement… Imagine a store filled top and bottom with the cutest fashions, and the best part? Everything was under 20 €!
Ever heard of Couch Surfing? If not, you’re missing out. Couch surfing is an app that allows travelers to meet up with other travelers or locals in the area who want to get to know other people, explore, and share their travel stories. While in Palma I gave it a shot and met up with some fun locals who wanted to show me around the area and invited me to a boat party hosted by other couch surfers. It was an absolute blast to be out on catamaran, blasting music and visiting with people from all over the world. It was an experience that I will never forget.
W H E R E T O E A T
When in Spain, tapas are a must. For picky indecisive (and even vegetarian) eaters like me, it’s perfect because you really CAN have it all. A little bit of this and a tad of that, tapas allow you to try multiple menu items with the perfect portions. Oh, and don’t forget a side of cava for delicious sips. For some fantastic tapas in Palma, check out El Neo Tapas & Cocktails and Ombu. (The tomato bread, bravas, and pad Thai are ammmazing!!)
For coffee lovers and sweet tooth cravers, rest assured, you can satisfy every testbed with yummy gelato, churros and … guilty to admit, Starbucks (sometimes you just need a taste of home!)
W H E R E TO S T A Y
I’ll admit I didn’t stay at the grandest of places A.) Because I was traveling alone and B.) I booked SO last minute. But what I can tell you in regards to accommodations is that if you’re planning to do a lot of nightlife, shopping and late dinners, it is best to stay closer to the city center, on the right side of the airport. My hotel was to the left of the airport and located in a highly touristy/resort like area. For me, it was a little far from the activities I had planned but for those seeking the ultimate beach getaway (spring break style) this side of Palma is just what you need.
Unfortunately I cannot conclude this post with a section on “What I Wore” because I hardly took any “selfies” on this entire trip! Part of me feels slightly guilty about it, but then again, I was having too much fun to be worrying about stopping for every perfect photo opp!
If you’re considering a beachy weekend getaway while in Europe, I would highly recommend Palma De Mallorca. I found that it was extremly cheap to fly from Montpellier, France (80€ RT!) but quite a bit more expensive from the states. Palma is the perfect mix of everything and is likely to satisfy every travel niché.